Master of Advanced Studies in
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION

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Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication

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The Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication is your complete MAS intercultural communication program.

Distributed across 18 modules in 3 continents, the MAS is distributed into two per week plus a personal project, for a total of 9 weeks of study.

Intercultural Communication Education

METHODOLOGY

Each of the first 18 modules of the master is structured in three parts:

Face-to-face instruction

The main part of each master module will be taught face-to-face over three days of intensive instruction (22 hours course work plus 2 hours of Intercultural Atelier).

Preparation

The individual preparation for each module, to be done before classroom instruction, consists mainly of reading and analyzing documents (articles, websites, etc.). All preparatory materials are available in advance on the e-learning platform reserved for the MAS participants.

Certification paper

The evaluation of students' performance for each module is based on an academic assignment. This work has to be prepared by the student at home and has to be sent by email by the deadline set by the Academic Director. Participants usually have between 6-8 weeks to complete their certification paper.

Intercultural Communication Education

MODULES

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Modules 1&2 | 2 - 7 October, 2017
Lugano, Switzerland
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An Interdisciplinary Theory of Intercultural Communication

An interdisciplinary theoretical framework for understanding how culture and cultural differences shape interpersonal, intergroup, and mediated communication. You will be introduced to concepts of culture, communication, and identity. The module will outline principles for inclusive communication with Others based on recognition of differences, privileges, and disadvantages.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jolanta Drzewiecka
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Modules 3&4 | 20 - 25 November, 2017
Lugano, Switzerland
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Difference, Meaning, and Communication: Semiotic Approaches

This module will present theoretical concepts and methods for analyzing how meanings are constructed linguistically and visually in interpersonal and mediated communication. Let us follow Gumperz’ argument that "conversational interpretation is cued by empirically detectable signs, contextualization cues, and that the recognition of what these signs are, how they relate to grammatical signs, how they draw on socio-cultural knowledge and how they affect understanding, is essential for creating and sustaining conversational involvement and therefore to communication as such" (1992, 42). Acknowledging that context can be co-constructed by the persons involved, we will work on the analysis of intercultural interpersonal communication.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Sabrina Bresciani
University of St. Gallen,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Bernd Müller-Jaquier
University of Bayreuth,
Germany

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Intercultural Training and Education

The plea of intercultural education is to « take culture seriously in education »: what should this mean for intercultural education? Why are school systems so weak in promoting the school success of students from minority groups? How far are teachers competent to acknowledge cultural diversity, to address the needs of students with diverse cultural references and diverse experiences? What difficulties do teachers encounter in teaching a diverse class, what difficulties do teachers’ trainers experience in preparing teachers for interculturality? After identifying the different facets of the cultural dimension of education, we will critically consider what has been accomplished by intercultural education so far.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Akkari Abdeljalil
University of Geneva,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Pia Stalder
University of Fribourg,
Switzerland

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Modules 5&6 | 15 - 20 January, 2018
Bangkok, Thailand
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Business, Markets, and Human Resources

The impact of culture at the level of the individual, the team, and the organization. This module aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the issues involved in cross-cultural management. It will focus on the impact of culture at the level of the individual, the team, and the organization; it will demonstrate how cultural factors influence behaviors in the workplace and will develop some of the skills needed to manage effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Marie-Therese Claes
Asian University,
Thailand

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Peter B. Grubenmann
Consultant,
Thailand

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jaran Maluleem
Thammasat University,
Bangkok, Thailand

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Emerging Economies and Their Cultures

Evolutions and «involutions» of cultures, in particular, national cultures, in view of economic and political changes. In the last 10 years, the world has changed tremendously because some countries/regions have emerged with very high rates of development. The BRIC countries, in particular, Brazil, Russia, India, and China, as well as a large part of the ASEAN region in South-East Asia. The impact these countries will have on the functioning of the world, not only from the economic point of view but also culturally, is an ongoing process.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Somjai Phagaphasvivat
Thammasat University,
Bangkok, Thailand

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Akkharaphong Khamkhun
Thammasat University,
Bangkok, Thailand

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Nirundon Tapachai
Kasetsart University,
Thailand

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Zhang Xizhen
Beijing University,
China

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Modules 7&8 | 16 - 21 April, 2018
Lugano, Switzerland
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Intercultural Communication Research Methods

This module will present detailed information about intercultural communication research methods and project management.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Mohan Dutta
University of Singapore,
Republic of Singapore

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Suzanne L. Suggs
Universià della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Paulo Gonçalves
Universià della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Culturally-centered Approaches to Development

The course explores the theoretical foundations of critical cultural approaches to the study of communication, the methodological and theoretical issues embodied in critical cultural approaches, and the questions of praxis that connect critical cultural theory to a politics of social transformation and social change across the globe. The key question we will engage with emphasizes the possibilities of transformation in the backdrop of the transnational dominance of neoliberal hegemony and the role that communication research and theory play with reference to such transformations.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Mohan Dutta
University of Singapore,
Republic of Singapore

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jacques Forster
Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies,
Switzerland

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Modules 9&10 | 18 - 23 June, 2018
Lugano, Switzerland
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Law and Multiculturality

After a general introduction to human rights, emphasis will be placed on the limits to fundamental freedoms and on the legal mechanisms that ensure respect for these freedoms at national and international level. Human rights (human rights) and / or "rights of cultures"; The legal choices of the State in the face of multiculturalism; Citizenship and integration policies today. In the second part, the course will concentrate on three guarantees that are essential today in a multicultural context. Freedom of religion in particular, the right to express one's religious beliefs and proselytism and the denominational neutrality of the state; Freedom of language, in particular, the status of official languages, and the conflict between freedom of language and the principle of territoriality; Equal treatment, in particular, the prohibition of discrimination.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Bertil Cottier
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

Amnesty International

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International Organisations

The course aims at familiarizing the students with the struggles over global, regional and state power, international conflicts, and global issues by providing a variety of historical, political, social, cultural and economic factors.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Jacques Forster
Graduate Institute of International
and Development Studies,
Switzerland

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Modules 11&12 | 10 -15 September, 2018
Neuchâtel, Switzerland
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Migration as a Challenge to Democracy

Political Participation & Citizenship, Media Representations, Populism, Xenophobia, Quest For Citizenship Are The Challenges.

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Gianni D’Amato
University of Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Education

Ruedin Didier
University of Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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Migrant Life Courses and Inclusion In Societies

Integration Processes Across Generations and Families

Intercultural Communication Education

Rosita Fibbi
University of Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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Modules 13&14 | 12 - 17 November, 2018
Lugano, Switzerland
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Integration: Difference, Diversity, and Dialogue

Diversity and Integration

Intercultural Communication Education

Melissa Steyn
University of Witwatersrand,
South Africa

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Psychology of Prejudice and Stereotyping

Psychology offers a nuanced understanding of the link between the individual, emotion, cognition, and culture. How are the "cultural" dimensions of human behavior taken into account in psychology? What is the place of culture in this discipline? What can be the contributions of psychology to the understanding of intercultural communication? The theoretical contributions will be brought through numerous examples and activities so that the participants can establish links with their practices and concerns and develop a "psychosocial and cultural" approach to intercultural communication.

Intercultural Communication Education

Nathalie Müller Mirza
Université de Lausanne,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Communication Education

Christian Staerklé
Université de Lausanne,
Switzerland

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Modules 15&16 | 21 - 26 January, 2019
Beirut, Lebanon
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Contemporary Governance of International Migration

Refugee policies and asylum processes; Demographics.

Intercultural Communication Education

Denise Efionayi-Mäder
University of Neuchâtel,
Switzerland

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Sustainability, Change, and Migration

The role of culture and context in shaping health meanings, values and practices, and the linkages of these practices to health and wellbeing in migration and refugee contexts.

Intercultural Communication Education

Sawsan Abdulrahim
American University in Beirut,
Lebanon

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Modules 17&18 | 25 - 30 March, 2019
Lugano, Switzerland
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Multicultural and Diversity Policies

The course aims to present and discuss the sociological and political philosophy issues related to multiculturalism. It starts from an apparently distant phenomenon, but which weighs heavily on these stakes, the rise of individualism and personal subjectivity in contemporary societies. It situates the issue in what is the major global change, globalization, and will invite the participants to "think global."

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Michel Wieviorka
École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales,
Paris, France

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

François Grin
Università della Svizzera italiana,
University of Geneva,
Switzerland

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Diversity in the Media

Diversity in the Media

Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Tom Moring
University of Helsinki,
Finland

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Intercultural Communication Theory and Practice

Lorenzo Cantoni
Università della Svizzera italiana,
Switzerland

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Intercultural Workshops

Each participant will present a detailed analysis of a personally experienced (or sufficiently known) situation by applying concepts and ideas learned in the current module. The presentation should include a diagnosis of the situation as well as solutions or suggestions for improvement. Participants are encouraged to select situations they have experienced in their professional practice.

Personal Project

The Personal Project is an opportunity to demonstrate mastery of new knowledge and is thus a crucial and culminating part of an educational process. Each participant will choose a topic that relates to his or her profession and presents it for approval to the MIC Academic Director. The Personal Project can be academic/theoretical or practical in nature. Personal Project Module consists of planning and completing a personal project. This module includes a specific preparation phase which takes place mainly during module 7; in addition, professors and experts will provide personalized face-to-face as well as distance tutoring to participants throughout the Master's program. Participants are expected to complete their personal projects no later than three months after the last module of the program.

 

Workload

The total workload of the master of advanced studies is approximately 1800 hours, including 500 hours of face-to-face instruction, 900 hours of individual work preparing for seminars, reviewing study materials and writing course papers, as well as 400 hours dedicated to the MAS Personal Project.

Each module is worth 2.5 ECTS credits, except for the Personal Project Module which is worth 15 ECTS. Modules 1 to 18 consist of 24 contact hours each.

Intercultural Communication Education

TUITION FEE

Master of Advanced Studies - MAS (20 modules/60 ECTS): CHF 19'500

One MAS module (2.5 ECTS): CHF 1'200

 

ACCREDITATION

USI Università della Svizzera italiana is one of 12 universities under the Swiss university system, coordinated by the Rectors’ Conference of the Swiss Universities (swissuniversitites). swissuniversities represents all 12 Swiss universities and maintains relationships with other accredited universities outside Switzerland. As a recognized university that is part of the public system, the degree-granting body of the MIC is USI Università della Svizzera italiana.

To ensure international recognition, in 2002 USI became the first Swiss university to adopt the Bologna Reform and the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). The Bologna Declaration mandates that all taught courses and coursework are to be quantified in ECTS points. The ECTS guarantees that credits are wholly compatible and transferable within and across the broader European university system.

The diploma awarded is a Master of Advanced Studies in Intercultural Communication (60 ECTS) from Università della Svizzera italiana, Faculty of Communication Sciences.

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